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rice failed to win over critics like republican john mccain and lindsey graham, in private, her chances for confirmation withered away. >> pelley: bill, thank you. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." bob, the president said it's unfair. why did ambassador rice withdraw? >> reporter: well, i'll tell you, scott, susan rice really had no choice, nor did the administration. key senate republicans quietly passed the word to vice president biden last week that it was going to be all but impossible for her to be confirmed. biden was told there was virtually no support for her among republicans and that some democrats were also beginning to question whether she was the best choice. when i spoke to rice myself recently, she, too, seemed to be wavering about whether she really wanted the job. i would want to talk to them. it would be a family decision. her withdrawal will make it easier now for secretary of state who is due to testify about that benghazi episode next week on capitol hill. senator lindsey graham, who was one of the main critics told
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